Trump: ‘I Have The Absolute Right To Pardon Myself…’

A single post from President’s Trump’s Twitter account has supporters and critics alike wide-eyed and in suspense.

“I have the absolute right to PARDON myself,” Trump said in a tweet after celebrating 500 days in the White House.

Before anyone from the Left succumbs to hysteria and begins to float conspiracy theories, Trump said he would never do so because he has not done anything wrong.

“But why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Trump asked.

The comment was made amid a continued investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian entities. “In the meantime, the never-ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!” Trump added.

The question of whether or not a president can pardon himself was floated by Trump’s legal team over the weekend.

“U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he had committed no wrongdoing but had the legal power to pardon himself, echoing the argument put forth by his lawyers in a memo to the U.S. special counsel investigating Russia that was made public in media reports over the weekend,” Reuters reports.

As Axios adds, “President Trump’s legal team is making a bold new claim in a letter to Robert Mueller that says he can’t obstruct the Russia investigation because his presidential authority is so broad that it makes obstruction impossible.”

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And, “That claim would push the boundaries of executive power and probably set up a legal fight over whether he can be ordered to answer questions. The letter from the president’s legal team claims that the Constitution gives Trump the power to, ‘if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.'”

Here’s more concerning a prospective self-pardon, from Associated Press:

Can a president pardon himself? An attorney for President Donald Trump is playing down the possibility that Trump would try to — if it came to that.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump might have that authority but exercising it would be “unthinkable.” Besides, Giuliani, adds, Trump has done nothing wrong and has no need to consider pardoning himself.

Giuliani’s comments come as the White House sharpens its legal and political defenses against the special counsel Russia probe.

He made it clear Trump’s legal team would combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury.

As Politico reports, Trump’s legal counsel is advising against any such move:

The letter was delivered to Mueller’s office in January and authored by Jay Sekulow, who remains a member of the president’s legal team, and John Dowd, who resigned from Trump’s team in March. Rudy Giuliani, who joined the president’s legal team this spring, said Sunday he believes Trump has the legal authority to pardon himself but the political ramifications “would be tough. Pardoning other people is one thing. Pardoning yourself is another.”

Giuliani told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump pardoning himself would be “unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment.”

The president has repeatedly claimed his innocence and that of his campaign staff, and has called the investigation a “distraction.”

In a later tweet on Monday, Trump more intensely said the appointment of the special counsel was “totally unconstitutional.”

“The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!” the president tweeted.


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